Politicians joke at Alfalfa Club dinner: Oldies, some goodies
All those conspiracy theorists who believe Washington is still run by powerful white males point to Saturday's Alfalfa Club dinner as proof.
True, the average member is old, white and (with the exception of a few high-profile women) overwhelmingly male. But the annual gathering at the Capital Hilton has limited opportunities for abusing power -- guests are too busy drinking and cracking jokes.
George H. W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Sandra Day O'Connor, Condi Rice, John McCain and Alan Greenspan were spotted arriving at the off-the-record dinner, but President Obama skipped the festivities this year, leaving Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner to explain his absence: As part of the health care deal, the president was babysitting Sen. Ben Nelson's grandkids. Bada-boom.
The club's other speakers: Sens. Joe Lieberman, Kit Bond and Mark Warner -- threw their best zingers:
But it wasn't all insider back-slapping: Proving that even fusty old crowds like a little Hollywood glamour: Donna Shalala brought Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson as her guest. Huge hit. "It was cool," she said.
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February 1, 2010; 1:04 AM ET
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